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Connecting South Australia to the World

With the recent addition of a Warehousing & Distribution arm, Flinders Port Holdings continues to consolidate its presence as a complete port-based logistics provider. MHD talks to Michelle English, Flinders’ Business Development Manager.

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The Heartland of Logistics

South Australian Produce Market is one of the oldest companies in South Australia and offers one of the most well-connected locations in Adelaide. A rare opportunity to occupy a 7,600 sqm cold storage facility has become available adjacent to the market occupying some 27,000 sqm of land. MHD finds out more.

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NHVR welcomes new SA Transport & Infrastructure Minister

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has welcomed the appointment of Stephan Knoll as South Australian Transport and Infrastructure Minister.
NHVR Chair, Bruce Baird, looked forward to working with Knoll and the incoming South Australian government to deliver ongoing services to the state’s heavy vehicle industry.
“The incoming Marshall government has made announcements in relation to the movement of freight and I look forward to working with them to boost productivity for the local heavy vehicle industry,” said Baird.
“The NHVR has a close working relationship with South Australian transport and police agencies and we will continue to develop those relationships in the years ahead.
“I congratulate Stephan on behalf of the NHVR staff and board, and look forward to working with him to deliver an on-going agenda to reform heavy vehicle safety and productivity.”
Knoll will replace outgoing Minister, Stephen Mullighan, as a Minister responsible for the NHVR in South Australia.

New GM for Flinders Adelaide Container Terminal

Flinders Adelaide Container Terminal (FACT) has appointed David Sleath, the Terminal’s former Operations Manager, to the role of General Manager.
Sleath officially took the position in February 2018, replacing Steve Cox, who departed the role in late 2017.
According to FACT, Sleath has a vast knowledge of the operational requirements of the container terminal, acquired over seven years as the Terminal’s Operations Manager. He has extensive experience in the daily workings of the terminal and working with FACT’s clients and stakeholders.
He is also a ‘Master Mariner’ and holds science, maritime supply chain, leadership and business management qualifications.
“We are pleased to have appointed David into the General Manager’s role,” said Stewart Lammin, CEO, Flinders Port Holdings. “David is highly experienced and knowledgeable professional who is well known and respected in the industry. During his time at FACT, he has constantly demonstrated his commitment to industry best practice with respect to workplace safety, efficiency and customer service.”
FACT has operated since July 2012, when Flinders Port Holdings gained 100 per cent ownership of the Adelaide Container Terminal from DP World South Australia In 2017, the Terminal handled approximately 320,000 containers, and stevedored 429 container ships.

New Infrastructure and Transport Minister issues first statements

The Hon. Barnaby Joyce has hailed progress on the Inland Rail project and safety upgrade works on the Western Highway in his first official communications as the Federal Government’s Minister for Infrastructure and Transport.
Joyce announced that the first delivery of steel for the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail project has arrived on site.
“This project is a game-changer for our regions,” said Joyce. “[On 15 January], we have seen the first 14,000 tonnes of steel to be delivered just for Parkes to Narromine section. We’re still on track for works to begin in May this year.”
He also issued a statement on the beginning of the $20 million safety upgrade of the Western Highway between Stawell in west Victoria and the South Australian border, jointly funded by the Victorian and Federal Governments.
“The Western Highway serves as a key transport corridor through Victoria’s western district and upgrading this section of the highway will significantly improve safety for all users including farming, tourism and manufacturing interests.”

Image courtesy: Parkes Shire Council

Aceit Couriers celebrates 20 years of business

South Australian owned and operated family business Aceit Couriers is celebrating 20 years of operations this month.
According to Mal Geddie, Founder, Aceit Couriers, reaching the milestone was a very emotional achievement, fulfilling his dream of not only building a successful business that would stand the test of time, but also creating jobs, opportunities and security for his family.
“Looking back on how it all started, I can honestly say that the first six months were the toughest times I had ever experienced in business.” he said. “It put a lot of pressure on me and my family, but we shouldered it together and today, despite its growth, Aceit Couriers still has a family feel to it, it’s just part of who we are.”
Leaving school without graduating, Geddie worked several jobs, including driving taxis part time. He worked his way up to become Managing Director at an Adelaide taxi companies and orchestrated industry changing initiatives such as the introduction of Cabcharge and access taxis for passengers with disabilities.
Geddie founded Ace Couriers in 1997, starting with four vehicles and three bicycles. He renamed the business Aceit Couriers in 2006, and the company now employs 18 operations staff and has more than 140 contractors and vehicles and bicycles on the road, delivering anything from envelopes to 20-ton freight to customers – and even the odd snake – across Adelaide, regional and remote South Australia and interstate.
Geddie said several factors contributed to the growth and success of Aceit Couriers, including technology, operating systems, staff training and internal culture. “We were – and still are – up against big multinational competitors offering similar services, so we have to make sure our offering is second to none, exceeding clients’ expectations and delivering smooth transactions every time,” he said.
“We partnered with a local software developer early on to create our own dispatch system with accounting capabilities, allowing our staff to work more efficiently, and we gave our customers real-time access to their job, tracking its status and producing a delivery report upon completion.
“We were also amongst the first in the industry to equip our drivers with mobile-phone like devices to receive job details and instructions, with reporting functionalities of when and where goods were left, which proved particularly useful when delivering to often unmanned building sites.”
Aceit Couriers now handles more than 3,000 accounts across all industry sectors, including health, government and construction.

$23m Adelaide depot for 3PL

Northline will open a new $23 million Adelaide depot, what the company says is South Australia’s first intermodal cargo link.
The purpose-built logistics facility brings together road and rail with a direct access cargo link to Pacific National, Australia’s largest rail operator.
The move to a strategic location alongside the Kilburn railhead will improve transit speed and efficiency by alleviating the need for containers to travel by road between Pacific National and Northline’s facilities.
The new Adelaide depot, which facilitates B-double movements, is also located in close proximity to Adelaide’s north-south road corridor, which is currently being upgraded with a $2.5 billion Federal and State government investment.
It also has 3,500 square metres of warehousing space with modern high-bay racking, along with a 440sqm wash bay and container servicing area.
The facility is located on a 30,000sqm hard stand and will be a Quarantined Approved Premises (QAP), and therefore customs compliant.
Northline chief executive Craige Whitton said the new state-of-the-art 10,440sqm Adelaide transport and logistics facility is an investment in the efficiency and effectiveness for the company’s supply chain.
“Northline recognises the need for a multimodal service to meet customers’ needs that has led us to bringing road and rail closer together as well as ensuring easy access to Australia’s major seaports for import/export.
“With investments made over the last three years, Northline now has one of the most modern networks of transport and logistics depots across mainland Australia.”
Northline’s investment in Adelaide is the final stage of a three-year, $98 million investment in new transport and logistics facilities in four states and territories. The company has also opened new depots in Darwin, Brisbane, Townsville and Sydney, as well as moving into a dedicated depot in Mackay.

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